Ron Paul: Privatize Airport Security


Megyn Kelly: Just when you thought airport security couldn’t get anymore unbearable, well guess what? Prepare for even more scrutiny now. The TSA warning that terrorists are seriously considering a new tactic, surgically implanting explosive devices. It could mean big changes in the screening procedures again and chances are, they won’t be less intrusive. Texas Republican Ron Paul is a presidential candidate, and he is introducing the American traveler dignity act saying we should completely replace the TSA with private security firms. Good morning or good afternoon I should say, Congressman. I’m used to saying good morning on Fox & Friends, sorry about that.

Ron Paul: Okay, good afternoon.

Megyn Kelly: So you are introducing this new plan to privatize, I guess what’s now known as the TSA. How would that make it better?

Ron Paul: Well it would make it efficient, there’s no history to show that government bureaucrats are ever more efficient than the private market. But there’s two different ways how you privatize something. If you just take the airport security and the government hires out private firms, that’s not for me privatization. That’s sort of a combination of big business and big government and that doesn’t solve the problem. The responsibility should be on the airlines, just as it’s on the responsibility of the owners of chemical plants and the owners of armored cars. They take charge of that and they do a very, very good job.

And the government was in charge of security before 9/11. They did a lousy job. They prohibited guns from being on airplane and they said “nobody should resist.” And so we set the stage for 9/11. So I want the owners to assume responsibility and the burden would be on the airlines and it would save the taxpayer an awful lot of money.

Megyn Kelly: So if I run an airline right now, tell me if I’m right or wrong. I don’t think I like this plan because what’s it going to cost me?

Ron Paul: Well that’s the reason we don’t have it. The airlines are in bed with the government, they’re partners with the government. They don’t want the liability and they don’t want the responsibility. But they should have it. Yes it’ll cost them money and you’ll have to pay for it with a higher ticket but you’ll pay lower taxes. But they’ll do a better job and it’s going to be so much more efficient. They’re not going to take X-rays of you in the nude, and they’re not going to prod and poke you. They’re not going to prod and poke little kids and 95-year-old women. They’re going to figure it out because they got to treat them like customers. So that’s all the difference in the world.

Megyn Kelly: But Congressman Paul, you’re on Capitol Hill. You know that there’s a lot of waste of taxpayer dollars. Are you just assuming that if we privatize this that all the tax dollars that were going to the TSA would suddenly be given back to us?

Ron Paul: Well it should be, you can’t assume anything with the politicians and the bureaucrats because they always figure out a way to keep it there, they’re endless and if they don’t get enough then they go to the Fed and they get the Fed to do their bailing out. So it’s outrageous, it’s totally out of control. But you have to make the effort; you have to make the suggestion, what is the alternative? If you can’t depend on government, whom should you depend on? I say depend on the market, private owners take much better care of the property than government has ever done.

Megyn Kelly: Well let me tell you about some of the enhanced security measures that are now going to apparently go into place with the TSA because of these reports about surgically implanted bombs from Al-Qaeda. Here it is: more behavior detection officers, more airport interviews and pat downs, in addition, in an effort to detect traces of explosives, passenger’s skin and clothing may be swabbed. Is that what you’re talking about?

Ron Paul: Well I think that’s an outrage I mean horrible, if the private airlines were doing it, they might have one sniff dog that knows something about explosives and that’s all you would need, you don’t need all this other stuff, no it’s going to cost a lot more money and I’ve said and I sincerely believe this, if the American people can look at these pictures on TV about what they do to 95-year-old women, what they do to little kids and the groping of the groins and if the American people say, “Oh that’s okay with me” I tell you what, we’re in a lot worse shape than I think we’re in. I think we’ve given up, if we accept that, we’re in bad trouble.

Megyn Kelly: Right, well, as you know the argument is that a lot of Americans are okay with that because they feel like in this day and age since 9/11 they might have to give up a liberty, I’m just saying that’s the other side of the equation here to keep everyone safe. Before you go, I got to get this question in though, if you privatize airport screening and security, how does profiling fit into that?

Ron Paul: Well they’re allowed to, because a private company has an obligation, if you don’t like the airline and they do too much profiling then you don’t fly on that airline. But today there are not a lot of profiles, so a 95-year-old woman get’s treated like a terrorist and somebody else who really looks like he could, that guy I might want to ask him two question, oh well, we can’t’ ask him as many question, matter of fact I even back off because he looks sort of suspicious. No, a private airline has a right to be suspicious and they can in a way, but if they overdo that they’re going to have a bad reputation and the customers are going to make sure that they hear about it.

Megyn Kelly: Very interesting. Let us know how your new plan, the American traveler dignity act, let us know if it’s successful or not. Congressman Ron Paul always great to see you. Thanks so much, have a good weekend.

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  • fr0gina

    Ron Paul is the only president America will ever need!

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  • JumpShotHero

    love it. the free market will find the best compromise between security and freedom

  • 1nf1n1tyW1th1n

    Think back 10 years, before 9/11 happened… could you have envisioned all this tyranny?? You have more chance of getting killed by a bumble bee than a terrorist, yet your all willing to have your nut sacks squeezed and wire tapped phones, and laws being enforced on you that… really dont have anything to do with terrorism. The only terrorism I see, is the government being dictators. Take your fucking country back now.

  • USA4July1776

    I love and agree with many of Ron Paul’s ideas… but I’m getting pretty sick of the anti-Americanism of many of Ron Paul’s followers. “America loves fear”? Go f*ck yourself, you hippie douche!

  • The6string1

    Great idea! You go Ron. I’m all in .

  • Budvb

    Customer is We the People, Ron wants too Power the People? Why would we want that? That means we as a people would have to make choices and we might not make the right ones.

  • mstone05

    Verb 1.fart – expel intestinal gases through the anus. There is obviously a real threat from flammable farts. Enough gas COULD be used to make an explosive device..I personally have been the Victim of numerous “Failed Fart Bomb Attempt’s” on airplanes..Smelly…Where the hell was the TSA then?

  • 131x

    If the american people do not vote this man into office, they deserve their faith.

  • Albyint

    Donate to the Ames Money Bomb to stop this bullshit!!!!

  • councilmandoug808

    I think they say they’ll start implanting bombs just to get this kind of reaction. All the terrorists have to do now is say they may do something and as a result we lose more of our freedom and go deeper into debt. Looks like they got us right where they want us! This is bullshit! RON PAUL 2012 is the only way to go! AOLHA!!!!!!

  • StanwoodSpartans

    Ive flown 2 planes each year for the past 5 years.

    Ive seen people with turbans on at airports, and never felt racist or worried.

    The TSA is not job creation.

  • 2skullscrushing

    If you think a body could live without fever, and death, long enough for this, let alone a guy in the desert having the supplies, and capabilities, the medical science has failed to do, than you deserve your cancer causing scanning. these stories are absurd. even if it were plausable, why cant we use dogs? the FBI chose dogs over scanners, why? because they work better, & are paid with snausages. simple fix, your harvard freaks running these scams are getting rich, your getting cancer.

  • SpyOpz94

    Ron Paul 2012, if not, well come to Nazi America.

  • eyewitness043

    Love Ron Paul. The responsibility IS on the individual players (aka airlines) not the Taxpayer via the Federal Gov’t.

  • MishuTaste

    I’ll have to disagree with you about the screeners, Rep. Paul. Corporations will hire minimum wage workers for security & you can’t get quality work from minimum wage security guards. Also: some people will sue the airlines for sexual harassment during a pat down. If the TSA just has a metal detector screening & a carry-on bag search, that would be sufficient. I do agree that airlines should have security guards on the flights and they should be armed with guns & tasers.

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